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Giv Mobile – No-Contract Cell Phone Service that Gives Back

Review of: Giv Mobile
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4
On March 23, 2015
Last modified:April 21, 2015

Summary:

Giv Mobile is a unique mobile service carrier which provides you with nationwide calling, but also donates a portion of your bills to charity each month. It's innovate and a great way to give back, hence the name, Giv Mobile!

Giv Mobile LogoEver since I left Verizon behind for a no-contract lifestyle, I have been asked by many people about different cell phone service providers.  I have tried out many of them and continue to do so.  While I do currently have the Walmart Family Mobile plan, I still review cell phone services in order for my readers to gain the most knowledge they can before picking.  Today, I am happy to review Giv Mobile, which is a no-contract cell phone service provider that comes with a twist.  They offer many great things just like the others, but they do one thing very differently.  They actually give back in the form of donations to charities.  This is one reason why I want to review Giv Mobile.  I like their business model and I support businesses that I like.  If you are looking for a new cell phone service provider, then check out Giv. I think you will like what you see.

Giv Mobile has updated their plans again to add an even lower priced option starting at $20 per month. I think this is a great way to bring on more users and help those looking to reduce their monthly cell phone bills. I discuss the changes more below.

The Details Behind Giv Mobile

Giv Mobile is a MVNO for what it appears to be the T-Mobile network. They have great coverage across the US, which is similar to the other T-Mobile MVNOs.  Giv Mobile offers two plans for their customers, so there is nothing overwhelming about their selection.  You either get this or that.  They make it easy for you.  They also make it easy when it comes to giving.  Giv mobile is different than any other carrier out there. Here is an excerpt from their site.

GIV Mobile is the first no-contract mobile service dedicated to giving 8% of your monthly payment to a non-profit organization of your choice. We pride ourselves in transforming mobile communication, an essential service for all in to a vehicle for giving and a tool for good. Yet never sacrificing quality you should expect, nor denying you the savings you deserve. We not only want to donate 8% of your monthly payment to great causes, we want to create a community that is aware of and engages in national and world-wide problems that so many people have to face today. Together we commit to making positive changes towards a better world.

This is something that I can get behind.  So now that you know more about Giv, why not dig into what they offer and for how much.  Isn’t that what you are here for?

Giv Mobile Plans

As I stated, Giv only offers two cell phone plans (They have updated their service to include five plans).  They are both “unlimited” as they call them, but they are different from each other.  Right off the bat, I will say that Giv is not for heavy data users. Their service will not work for you.  If you need a lot of data, then you should stick with the major carriers like AT&T or Verizon.  Here is a little picture that shows their cell phone plans.

Giv Mobile Plans

If the picture is hard to read, let me break down the plans for you.

  • The 20 – This is their lowest price plan. Is perfect for talkers. You get unlimited talk and text and 250mb of data. This data is not high speed. It’s 2G specifically designed for sending and receiving MMS texts. This plan is $20 per month.
  • The 25 –  This is really for the light user who doesn’t need data.  Since you can only connect with 2G data, you really should only use this plan if you are on WiFi most of the time or just don’t care about data.  This plan is $25 per month.
  • The 35 – This is their $35 per month cell phone plan.  As they indicate, this is best for the casual user.  You get unlimited talk, unlimited text, and unlimited data.  You only get highspeed (3G/4G) data up to 1GB.  After you hit that number, you go back down to 2G.  You also get unlimited MMS and global texts.
  • The 40 – Increase your monthly bill by $5 and you have the 40. This is $40 per month that comes with the same as the 35 above.  The difference is that you get 2GB of high-speed data instead of 2GB.  If you like to use data a little more than the casual user, but don’t overdue it, then the 40 would be best for you.
  • The 60 – Add another $20 per month and you get an extra 2GB of 4G LTE data at your fingertips to make it a total of 4GB.  This plan costs $60 per month and you get unlimited everything and a $10 international dialing credit.

Both plans are only good for 30 days.  You can either pay every 30 days or setup their auto-replenish feature that will keep your account going with no issues.  They leave the option open to you.

Giv Mobile Features

What good is a cell phone service provider if they can’t provide you the coverage you need when you need it?  Giv Mobile has nationwide coverage.  It appears that they use the T-Mobile network as the network operator.  If you are happy as a T-Mobile customer, but don’t want a contract anymore, then try out Giv.  Here are the standard features on both of their plans.

  • No Contract
  • Nationwide Coverage
  • Free Nationwide Long Distance
  • Voicemail
  • Caller ID
  • Call Waiting
  • 3-Way Calling
  • International Dialing*

You can view Giv Mobile’s coverage map if you need to see what kind of coverage they have.  If you want to get more specific, then head over to their site and click “coverage.”  Giv Mobile does support both 3G and 4G services on the GSM network.

*International dialing does cost money. It is currently a penny for every minute, but there are restrictions on the countries that you can call.

Giv’s Unique Twist

What caught my eye about Giv Mobile is how they give back to some great charities.  Their value proposition is they donate 8% of your monthly payment to non-profit organizations. The best part is that you get to choose which one. They have a great list of charities that are known for doing good within their communities and throughout the US and the world.  Their business model is inspiring. Some of the charities they support include United Way Worldwide, Feeding America, and Wounded Warrior Project.  When you sign up for Giv, you get to choose where your 8% goes and that is empowering.  Not only are you getting quality service, but you are also making a difference.

Giv Mobile Phones

You get two more options when it comes to phones with Giv. You can either buy a phone directly from them, or you can bring your own phone (BYOP).  I get a lot of people asking to bring their phones to other carriers, so that is a very popular option.  You will need an unlocked GSM phone in order to bring it to Giv.  In order to use the 3G/4G data service, then your phone needs to support AWS 1700/2100 band.  You can check your phone specs to see if that band range is covered.  If you want to try out Giv, then head over to Amazon and buy an unlocked GSM phone.  This is a great way to get a cheaper phone.  Giv sells the SIM card in order to start using the service.  If you are bringing your own phone, then you will need to purchase the SIM card.

If you need a phone, Giv Mobile does sell some. What I will say is that their selection is not impressive.  They have a few phones that I have seen before, but they are either older models or under-powered phones.  I would suggest you just buy a phone from Amazon and then just purchase the SIM card from Giv.  This will give you a price that you like and a phone you can enjoy.

The Verdict

I think Giv Mobile can be a good solution for those people looking for a no-contract mobile phone plan.  No one likes contract anymore, but Giv does it a little differently.  If you don’t need a lot of data, but need reliable coverage, then try out Giv Mobile.  They are doing some good by donating 8% of your monthly payment to a charity of your choice, so why not get cell phone service and give back a little more.  Giv Mobile allow allows you to kill two birds with one stone.  If you have issues, you can get some questions answers online, or you call call them at 1-855-448-6624.

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Have you heard of of this service before?  Would you try something like this out?

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Giv Mobile is a great alternative to other discount cell phone providers. You can get a low cost plan, but some of your plan is donated to charity!

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26 Comments

  1. April 11, 2014 at 9:47 am — Reply

    Very cool Grayson! Something like this is so unheard of in today’s climate, especially out of a phone carrier. Anyway, we can get out of our contract with Verizon in a few months and I can’t wait to stop giving them so much of our cash each month, it’s ridiculous!

    • Grayson Bell
      April 11, 2014 at 9:52 am — Reply

      Thanks John. I was drawn to this company because of their giving. You just don’t see that in the mobile space. Verizon does have some high prices, but they are actually coming down now due to the competition of no contracts!

  2. April 11, 2014 at 9:49 am — Reply

    Hey Grayson,

    I’m paying about $98 per month using att for just myself. In your opinion is that a waste?

    Also would love to hear your thoughts on what I’m doing at my site. Check it out and hit me up on twitter sometime. @robmcnelis

    • Grayson Bell
      August 8, 2014 at 9:37 am — Reply

      Yes, that is a waste. If you like AT&T, then check out Cricket Wireless. They run on AT&T’s network and you can get service for $50 per month.

  3. April 11, 2014 at 10:20 am — Reply

    Another great option I will need to consider this fall when our contract is up at Verizon. Thanks for sharing – I’ve never heard of this company before.

    • Grayson Bell
      April 11, 2014 at 10:23 am — Reply

      They are a great option! They are relatively new to the mobile scene, but they have a great mission compared to the others.

  4. April 11, 2014 at 10:20 am — Reply

    I’ve never heard of Giv but it sounds great! Honestly, I can’t believe people still pay full-price with the big carriers when there are so many discount providers around.

    • Grayson Bell
      April 11, 2014 at 10:24 am — Reply

      I am with you there Holly. Why pay full price when you can get great service for less?

  5. April 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    It looks like our service area is not included again. Someday, a company will consider our town valuable or maybe not?

    • Grayson Bell
      April 11, 2014 at 10:57 pm — Reply

      What cell provider do you use now Kim? Each of the big ones have carriers that will offer lower cost with the same coverage.

  6. April 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm — Reply

    Thanks for another great review. I’ve been so happy with Page Plus ever since I made the switch and my husband is also very happy with Republic Wireless. There really is a no contract provider for everyone out there and no need to be at the mercy of the big 2 anymore.

    • Grayson Bell
      April 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm — Reply

      Page plus is good and so is Republic. I like to make sure my readers have all of the options. I just need to review page plus next, so I can round out the best MVNOs for everyone!

  7. edddgy
    April 15, 2014 at 1:30 am — Reply
    • Grayson Bell
      April 15, 2014 at 9:16 am — Reply

      You are correct. I have updated the post. Thank you!

  8. Meyer Lansky
    June 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm — Reply

    I received a flyer in the mail today for this phone, and like the idea of their donating very much, and am seriously considering getting this phone. I am writing, though, to tell you that they now offer 500 MB with the $40 plan, and still the 2 GB for the $50 plan.

    • Grayson Bell
      June 30, 2014 at 12:08 am — Reply

      Thank you for letting me know they upped the data for the $40 plan. I have updated the post. I say give it a try if you are considering it. Best of luck.

  9. August 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm — Reply

    This is a fantastic review. I randomly stumbled upon this article and I’m amazed. Once my contract ends, I’d like to try a service like this. I love the business model and I GET to choose which charity I can donate to? awesome. Thanks for the article, I’m excited to look more into this company.

    • Grayson Bell
      August 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm — Reply

      Glad to hear it Cody. I wish you luck!

  10. Jim Gassor
    April 20, 2015 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    Great article Grayson! I actually discovered GIV Mobile whilst doing my own reviews and comparisons. I too was also pleased with the 8% gift to charities. I just signed up

    It may be worth updating the plans they offer as they have added some new ones. I especially liked the $35/month plan as you can now get 1GB of high speed, which then drops to 2G afterwards. This is right around the amount I use, and significantly less than my Verizon bill!

    I went with the Amazon Fire Phone which is now priced at $189 for the 32GB model and includes one year of prime membership, which I was already paying for anyway, so I feel like I got an unlocked smartphone for $90 :)

    • Grayson Bell
      April 21, 2015 at 9:26 am — Reply

      Thanks for commenting Jim. I updated this last month and I guess they changed them again. Can’t complain with adding more data and reducing the price of the top two plans. I will take that any day.

      Do you like the Amazon Fire Phone? I’ve heard good and bad things about it, but for the price, you probably can’t complain much!

  11. Jim Gassor
    April 22, 2015 at 12:00 am — Reply

    Yes, I have to say that I like the Fire Phone, but can understand that the approach Amazon have taken may not be to everyone’s taste. I already had a Fire HD tablet, and so I see the similarity. I also like the way I can create and organize folders of applications similar to my old iPhone.

    My current phone is a Galaxy S5, which I have not been as happy with as I thought I would have been, so I am looking forward to transitioning to the Fire Phone, and am going to enjoy being contract free, and will enjoy being able to more easily switch out the SIM in other countries where GSM is supported.

    Thanks again Grayson!

    • Grayson Bell
      April 22, 2015 at 9:17 am — Reply

      Thanks for the feedback Jim. I appreciate it. I have the Moto G and I’m thinking about adding something else as it needs more processing power. I’ve heard the Moto X 2nd Gen is good, so I might go with that upgrade.

      Sorry to hear about the Galaxy S5. My friend has it and he really enjoys it. For me, it’s a big phone and that’s not something I want.

  12. Sharon Haggard
    June 7, 2015 at 1:49 am — Reply

    I tried the Moto X 2nd Gen and it is very heavy to me. I returned it. I just purchased the Huawei Snapto unlocked phone and am very happy with it. 179. It may not have enough specs for you but the display has very vibrant colors and changeable themes/icons. No covers yet though.

    • Grayson Bell
      June 8, 2015 at 11:41 am — Reply

      Sorry to hear that you didn’t like the Moto X 2nd Gen, but glad you were able to find something that does work.

  13. Karissa Wang
    June 30, 2015 at 10:26 am — Reply

    I’ve been looking into GIV mobile service, and this review helped so much! Quick question: do you know whether the iPhone 4s supports AWS 1700/2100 band? I can’t find a straight answer online, and that’s the only thing stopping me from trying GIV.

    • Grayson Bell
      June 30, 2015 at 11:10 am — Reply

      Hello Karissa,

      From what I can tell, the iPhone 4 only has support for 2100 band, but not 1700. Your phone wouldn’t work on Giv.

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